A new Lancet Commission report shows for the first time that non-communicable diseases and injuries (NCDI) cause more death and disability at every age among the world’s poorest billion than in wealthy countries. These conditions account for over a third of the burden of disease among the poorest, including almost 800 000 deaths annually among those aged under 40.
A tightly knit team of University of Cape Town (UCT) emergency medicine specialists have overcome multiple challenges and set up a dynamic system to cope with the wave of COVID-19 patients at the busy Mitchells Plain District Hospital and the Heideveld Emergency Centre in Cape Town.
Healthcare workers at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic, including members of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Division of Emergency Medicine, have experienced unprecedented levels of collaboration in their efforts to care for patients.
Starting a new job is always somewhat stressful. Starting a new job in emergency medicine on the brink of a pandemic? Well, that’s a different kettle of fish entirely. For the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Dr Lauren Lai King, however, stepping into the role of course convenor for the Master of Medicine (MMed) in Emergency Medicine registrar programme at this particularly challenging time has been an unexpected opportunity to show her mettle.
Researchers interviewed caregivers of 252 children who were admitted to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, as well as the caregivers of 30 children who died prior to PICU admission.
"No-one talks about it or studies it; it's not part of the Millennium Development Goals; there are no global funds fighting it; and the World Health Organisation has devoted few resources to it," said Wallis in his inaugural lecture on 2 April, the first of UCT's 2014 series.